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How much skating should you do?


How much sport specific training should you put in to your training program? (i.e. How much skating should you do compared to cycling/strength-training/stability/core/conditioning etc.)

As I am sure you are aware, the answer to this question depends on many factors:

  • Current volume of training

  • Period the year (Season, Pre-season, etc?)

  • Age

  • Recovery rate

  • Experience on skates

  • Skill

  • Specific weaknesses

  • Training patterns and weekly programming

  • Genetics

So how do you decide? If you train only one day a week, then you should obviously be skating during 100% of your training sessions. I.e. You should skate one day a week. But if you are training 12 sessions (15-20 hours) a week (like a pro) then it is quite possible that you are only on skates 30% of the time; 4 sessions (5-7 hours). (all dependant upon the time of year, and the training phase).

We've made a general guide (below) for you, but if you have ambitions or goals then it would be best to get objective advice from a professional coach.

You can get more advice like this in our E-book "Intervals for Speedskating" which gives example summer and winter programs.

Or of course, contact us for personal coaching designed specifically for YOU.

Let's go faster.

Coach Sooty


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